Sinclair Group Manager Gealy Dies

Doug Gealy, group manager at Sinclair Broadcast Group, has died at the age of 54. The former president/CEO/COO and co-founder of Acme Communications, Gealy was named group manager at Sinclair, in charge of several markets, in November 2013.  

“We are grieved and shocked at the sudden loss of one of our own,” commented David Amy, executive VP and chief operating officer of Sinclair. “Doug brought over 30 years of broadcast television experience to our company and we will miss his talent and leadership. He was a very dedicated husband and family man and deeply valued the friendships he had in our business and many will miss him greatly. We wish to express our condolences to his family in this time of sorrow.”

Sinclair did not specify a cause of death.

Prior to founding Acme, Gealy was executive VP of Benedek Broadcasting. His previous general manager positions included WCMH-WWHO Columbus and WHOI Peoria.

Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.